When children are in danger and families are in crisis, it’s often up to the social workers of the world to find the resources and support to help. This is why during March, National Professional Social Work Month, CASA of Gila County applauds the social workers our volunteers interact with every day who are working hard to make a difference for children and families in Arizona.
“Social workers play a vital role in the child welfare system,” said Emily Nader, CASA Coordinator. “They have a tough job and we are grateful for the work they do to help children from our communities. We are grateful to work with them as a team for the best interest of the children we serve through CASA of Gila County.”
Court Appointed Special Advocates are not social workers, but they are highly trained volunteers who act as the eyes and ears of the court on cases of children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect. They visit with the children regularly and collect information that helps the court make more informed decisions. CASA volunteers work closely with social workers and other members of the child’s team to ensure the child has their needs met while in foster care. When a CASA volunteer is assigned, a higher number of services are ordered for children and families.
There are over 13,500 children in foster care in Arizona and many ways to get involved in making sure those kids are cared for. If you’re a social worker at heart, becoming a CASA volunteer may be a great way to make a difference. Volunteers are always needed, and no specific background is required. To volunteer, applicants must be 21 years or older, pass a thorough background check and complete 30 hours of pre-service training which is now offered virtually.
CASA of Gila County is grateful for all the professionals who’ve dedicated their careers to advocating for children. To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, call us at 928-402-4427, email [email protected] or visit our website at www.CASAofGilaCounty.org.